Prankster Rémi Gaillard has been know for his antics, like driving a Mario Kart on real streets, but his latest stunt might be the greatest one yet. Residents in France’s Occitanie region reported seeing an unidentified flying object in the skies, an oblong-shaped one to be more specific, but it turns out that this was just a light-equipped drone being piloted remotely. Read more for a video showing how he managed to pull it off.
Yes, there are still many Amish communities scattered around the United States, and here’s one way to know you’ve stumbled into one of them. A person had just left their home in Baltimore, Maryland when suddenly, a horse and buggy appeared as he was traveling down a hill. It then proceeded to pull off a Fast & Furious worthy drift around a corner, complete with sparks. Read more for the video and additional information.
The Rolling Stones and Boston Dynamics collaborated on a new music video, as a group of Spot robots imitate Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood to recreate a new modern version of the band’s iconic “Start Me Up” track from 1981, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. This partnership also marks the first time Boston Dynamics have recreated a music video in this fashion. Read more for the clip and additional information.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will be 65-years-old in 2042, and in this new Battlefield 2042 trailer, he still manages to win MVP at that age. Will he make an appearance in the game? You’ll have to wait until November 19th to find out, but one thing is for sure, this game will be entirely multiplayer, without a single-player campaign. Fortunately, it does feature cross-platform play, a first in the series. Read more for the trailer and additional information.
What started out as an April Fool’s joke became a reality today when Stack Overflow made “The Key” available for purchase, in which it promptly sold out. It was designed by Cassidy Williams, a passionate mechanical keyboard enthusiast, and manufactured by Drop, a startup specializing in custom keyboards. When new stock comes in, you can expect to pay $29 and should you not need to copy and paste, the keys can be remapped in any way you like. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Dylan Schilt, a Laramie resident, was out in the backcountry of Wyoming archery hunting when he recovered a lost GoPro camera. The footage on it was surprisingly of a black bear either playing with or trying to eat the device. Apparently, it had already been sitting there for 4-months after being lost by someone snowmobiling, which explains the snow, before Dylan was able to retrieve the camera. Read more for the bear footage and additional information.
Photo credit: Siberian 644 via Kotaku
Video games, like Street Fighter V, already feature some realistic-looking characters, or at least compared to previous installments. However, they don’t look human enough to say the least, but that may actually be a good thing. Using the AI-powered StyleCLIP technology, models of these characters can be fed into the system and then transformed into their photorealistic counterparts. Read more for a video and additional examples.
French aerospace engineer and astronaut Thomas Pesquet recently posted a video showing what it’s like to have a pizza party aboard the International Space Station. He documented astronauts making and enjoying the pizza in zero gravity, especially the skill required to place floating toppings on the pie. Fortunately, the crusts are pre-baked, but everything else can be customized before being heated in a space oven. Read more for the video and additional information.
No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks, scientists may have discovered the real-life equivalent of SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star. These two were spotted by a remotely-operated vehicle from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer ship more than a mile beneath the Atlantic Ocean’s surface. Sponges are a common sight in the ocean, as there are more than 8,500 species, but rarely do they resemble a cartoon character. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Tim O’Hara
Australian researchers have discovered the remnants of an ancient submarine volcano in the Indian Ocean that looks oddly similar to the “Eye of Sauron” from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. It was detected using a multi-beam sonar at a depth of 3,100 meters (10,170 feet) beneath Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s (CSIRO) ocean research vessel RV Investigator approximately 280 kilometers (174 miles) southeast of Christmas Island. Read more for two more pictures, additional information and a bonus video.